Program Requirements

General Program Requirements:
Number of Credits Required to Earn the Degree: 45

Required Courses:

College Core Course
HRPR 5001Current and Emerging Issues in Public Health and Health Professions0
Core Courses
CSCD 5411Psycholinguistics3
CSCD 5730Topics in Speech, Language and Hearing6
PHIL 5216Philosophy of Science3
Research and Statistics Courses 1
EPBI 5002Biostatistics3
EPBI 5201Epidemiological Research Methods I3
EPBI 8012Multivariable Biostatistics3
EPBI 8212Grantsmanship in Health Research3
HRPR 5999Research Experience in Health Professions0
Select five courses from the following: 2
Foundations in Child Language Disorders
Management of Child Language Disorders
Written Language Development and Disorders
Structural Equation Modeling
Multilev Mod in Int Res
Data Management and Analysis
Affective Neuroscience
Cognitive Development
Non-Didactic Courses6
Preliminary Examination Preparation
Pre-Dissertation Research 3
Dissertation Research 4
Total Credit Hours45

Culminating Events:
Preliminary Examination:
The preliminary examination serves as a prospectus/proposal to the dissertation. The typical preliminary examination consists of a fully referenced introduction (20-30 pages) followed by a proposed method section that will guide the candidate’s dissertation study. In conjunction with the preliminary examination, a student must submit a journal-quality article for peer review. The student must pass the preliminary examination in no more than two attempts. The Doctoral Advisory Committee evaluates the exam on a pass/fail basis. All judgments are by committee consensus.

The dissertation is an original study that makes a significant and publishable contribution to the field. It should demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the theoretical and empirical literature of the area of investigation. It should also be of sound and rigorous methodology. Original research of quality appropriate for publication in a first-tier national journal is expected.

Graduate School guidelines for announcing the defense are followed. Notice is given through postings, email, and listserv announcements. The defense lasts two hours.